Author: Chynna T Laird Published by: Astraea Press Age Recommend: 16+ Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Raven Rating: 5 Blog Review For: GMTA Review:
"Blackbird Flies" by Chynna T Laird was a good short read. This story deals with mental illness and drug abuse issues with is mother and later with a school friend Lily. The story was of Payton Mac Gregor who had lived for the first fifteen years with is mothers' parents (his grandparents), in Winnipeg now was sent to live his father(Liam) whom Payton had never met to Edmonton. The big question for Payton was why was he sent to live with his father? Now, Payton is with his new family and he has two siblings Dahlia and River. Payton gets accepted into a prestigious music school for gifted students due to the fact he was so talented . For Payton played the piano wonderfully. It was at this school that Payton met his friend Lily and she brought back memories of Payton mother. Lily suffered from bipolar,which also had afflicted his mother. The characters in this novel were really great and so real. I think my favorites were Payton, Liam, Kate, Dahlia, and Lily. With the story dealing with mental illness,drugs and suicide, Ms. Laird did a really good job with her story telling on this issue. For Payton to be so strong after everything he had been through was remarkable. I believe "Blackbird Flies" would be for anyone dealing with these kinds of issues and I do recommend this as a good read.